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Baby-Sitting Referral Service

Calm parents’ fears and match people up with work with a baby-sitting referral business.

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Baby-Sitting Referral Service

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

There are three ways to earn money running ababy-sitting referral service. The first is to charge baby sitters afee to join the service, be listed in the directory, and have access toparents seeking baby-sitting services. The second is to charge parentsa fee to join the service so they have access to a suitable andqualified baby sitter in their area. And the third way to earn money isto sell advertising space on your website and in your monthly

‘Baby-Sitting Newsletter’ to community businesses that want access toyour customer base to advertise their products and services, especiallychild- and baby-related businesses. Combined, these three revenuestreams have the potential to generate huge profits for the innovativeentrepreneur with strong marketing and management skills. You can runthe business whether you plan on having parents and sitters sign up inperson or online. It will be important to develop a screening systemfor both potential baby sitters and parents looking for baby sitters,to offer peace of mind in terms of qualifications, suitability andsecurity.

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Shopping Mall Play Centers

Few kids love a long day of shopping. Give parents some much-needed relief with a play center.

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Shopping Mall Play Centers

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Millions of parents go to shopping mallsevery day, usually with their children in tow. While shopping can be aterrific family outing, sometimes a break from the children whileshopping can also be a pleasant experience. Starting a shopping mallplay center business can fill a couple of demands. The first, ofcourse, gives parents a fantastic place to drop off their childrenwhile shopping, the second is that the business can be built into asuccessful and profitable venture, which is exactly what you want tohear if starting this type of business is a consideration for you.Establishing a children’s play center in a mall will take carefulplanning, especially for legal and liability issues. However, there isa real potential to generate a six-figure yearly income from a shoppingmall play center for the owner-operator of the business enterprise.

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Educational Toys

Help kids learn with educational but fun toys.

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Educational Toys
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Traditional educational toys and games for children will always be popular and in demand. You can design and develop the toys and games yourself or act as an agent for manufacturers. Both methods can be a very profitable way to earn an income. There are various approaches to marketing educational toys and games including the internet, mail order, home parties, flea markets, and sales to specialty retailers on a wholesale basis.

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Your ultimate customers are parents, grandparents and anyone who is buying a toy for a child.

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Online Baby Names

Many parents want a less-than-common name for their baby. Help them out with this online service.

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Online Baby Names

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Some business opportunities have a lot of competition and this business startup is one of them. However, as an entrepreneur your greatest skill may lie in your ability to take a new and fresh approach to an old business or concept. The old saying in business you can live by is ‘don’t invent a new mouse trap, just build a better mouse trap.’ That is the case with this business venture.

Baby name books in print have always been popular, and maybe you can create and write a new book with a fresh outlook on an old idea and post it online. One idea may be to feature historical names and what they mean or perhaps celebrity names and how they came to be changed or altered to suit the personality. Visitors could browse through the name listings for free, and by renting advertising, space or selling products you could earn income. Additionally, seek out interesting ways to make the site more inviting. Perhaps hold a contest or feature a poll to find out the most popular names.

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